The Cadillac Lyriq concept was first teased at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, when General Motors released a digital rendering of the then-nameless electric crossover. The automaker then dropped some additional information on the vehicle at its EV Day event earlier this month, confirming the Lyriq name and releasing a shadowy teaser showing off its unique silhouette.
Now the Lyriq’s interior has leaked online, revealing a futuristic design befitting of the brand’s first fully electric vehicle. Before we dive into the details of these photos, we should point out these photos show the interior of the Lyriq concept, so the inside production model will likely look much less radical than this.
The leaked interior photos were taken during a presentation at the EV Day event. The first photo shows the dashboard and front seats, revealing a widescreen display that serves as both the instrument cluster and the central infotainment screen. A square steering wheel is also present and is topped by a glossy black strip – indicating the presence of GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance technology. A rotary dial also occupies the center console and is joined by what appears to be a touch-sensitive climate control panel.
The second photo shows the Cadillac Lyriq with its doors open, revealing a suicide rear door that allows for easy entry and exit for back seat passengers. The ergonomic-looking seats are unlike anything on a current Cadillac vehicle, although they do feature the automaker’s familiar v-shaped metal seat trim piece on the backrest. The steering wheel is also tucked up under the dashboard in this photo, hinting toward autonomous capability, but this feature is unlikely to reach production.
A third and final image shows two passengers sitting in the rear of the Lyriq as they interact with two large digital display screens on the front seat backrests. The large screens are integrated directly into the seats and do not protrude out from the seat at all, unlike the iPad-style systems on current production vehicles. The displays also appear to contour around the edges of the seat.
We actually got a brief glimpse of this same interior rendering in the GM 2039 vision video we shared earlier this month. The video gives us a quick shot of the rear-seat entertainment system and also shows the square steering wheel deploying from under the dash. A screenshot from the video can be seen just above.
The Cadillac Lyriq will be based on GM’s new BEV3 electric vehicle platform and will use its new proprietary Ultium battery technology. The concept is expected to make its debut later this year before the production model goes on sale sometime in 2022.